On Sunday Petworth hosted The Queens Club in a highly anticipated Quarter-final match of the Pol Roger Trophy (top interclub tournament) and the match did not disappoint!
Sadly PHTC were without Charlie Braham due to injury but still fielded a pretty strong team. First on was the 2nd string doubles pairing of Nick Harris & Andrew Page against Martin Higney & Nick James from Queens. Nick and Andrew started off very well going 3/1 up in the first set, but with some very good play from the Queens players they soon found themselves 4/6 1/4 down. Nick and Andrew changed tactics slightly and managed to fight back and win the set 6/5 saving at least two match points. The final set was pretty close with PHTC leading early on but the Queens pair were slightly steadier and closed out the match for a 6/4 5/6 6/3 victory. Queens 1/0
In the 1st string singles PHTC’s Adam Dolman took on old foe Tom Seymour-Mead. Tom started strongly going 4/1 up but Adam started to find his rhythm and soon came back to win the set 6/4Â and build a healthy lead in the second set. There were some very impressive points with both players digging out some unbelievable gets. Adam went 5/4 up, 40/30 with a chase of 1 & 2. He served a pretty good high serve but Tom hit an incredibly good curt volley down to better than a yard to win the chase and he also came back to win the set 6/5. Now seemingly full of energy Tom was ahead all the way through the final set and despite a late fight back from Adam he took the match 4/6 6/5 6/3. Queens now 2/0
With the first two matches taking nearly 5 hours between them the next match needed to be more straight forward for PHTC and it was. Angus Williams playing for the first time for PHTC beat Harry Eddis 6/3 6/2 in a really solid performance to get one back for us.
Mark Drysdale then took on John Prenn in what looked on paper to be a very tight game but John was in top form and never really let Mark in. He won the match 6/2 6/0 and with it the overall win 3/1
The final match of the day was sadly a dead rubber but Luke Danby & Charles Fuente beat James Coyne & Dom Wright 6/4 3/6 6/5 in a very entertaining match with some incredible retrieving from both pairs.
The overall result was a 3/2 victory for Queens Club. Well played to them and a big thank you to Harvey Rawlings for Captaining our team, to Philip Robinson for organising a lunch at the Angel Inn and showering facilities for the Queens players and also to Robert and Carole Muir for lending the PHTC side their showering facilities.
Please follow the links below for the full draws.
There is going to be some really fun stuff going on and of course some great tennis on show. Details of which can be found here:https://www.tennisandrackets.com/NewsItem.aspx?id=1729
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British Open Junior Day!
Any under 18s can apply to watch the doubles Semi-Finals on Sunday 19th November by contacting Frederika Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her on 07710 463755.